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Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce - This smoky, tart and sweet sauce is fantastic on pizza or meats. Made with a fresh or frozen cranberries.

Our Cranberry Barbecue Sauce is made with fresh cranberries, and it’s a zesty, tart and smoky condiment that you will absolutely love! We used this Cranberry Barbecue Sauce on our Cranberry Barbecue Turkey Pizza (see that recipe here) – but it’s also delicious on meats and burgers.

This sauce is made with a somewhat eclectic – but very delicious – combination of ingredients.  Cranberries, shallots, orange zest, Dijon mustard, ketchup, tomato paste, cinnamon, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce – plus a touch of liquid smoke to add a smoky, barbecue flavor, all come together in this crazy-good sauce!

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce - This smoky, tart and sweet sauce is fantastic on pizza or meats. Made with a fresh or frozen cranberries.

As written, our Cranberry Barbecue Sauce is more savory than sweet – but feel free to add more sugar to the mix if you prefer a sweeter sauce.

And don’t forget to check out our Cranberry Barbecue Turkey Pizza!

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
 
Serves: 1½ cups
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Ingredients
  • 6 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar, more if you like it sweeter
  • Zest of one navel orange
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup shallots, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a fast simmer and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. The sauce is done when the berries pop and start to break down.
  3. Puree with an immersion blender and chill for later use.

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Cranberry Barbecue Sauce - This smoky, tart and sweet sauce is fantastic on pizza or meats. Made with a fresh or frozen cranberries.

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  1. Reminds me of the Little Red Smokehouse in Carver, MA! Can’t wait to give this a try for gameday wings this Sunday. 🙂

    • Hey Sam! You are the second reader who has mentioned the Little Red Smokehouse in Carver to us. We’ve never been there, but we actually don’t live far from Carver – I think we need to try it out ASAP! Hope you enjoy the sauce!